Ancestry.com: Genealogy, Family Trees and Family History Research

Ancestry.com®

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Ancestry.com Inc. is universally recognized as the world’s largestonline genealogy and family history resource in the world, with more than 2 million paying subscribers.

Over 10 billion records have been added to the site in the past 15 years and Ancestry users have created more than 34 million family trees containing approximately 4 billion profiles.

In addition to www.ancestry.com, Ancestry.com offers several localized Web sites designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

Ancestry.com® Features a Variety of Product Offerings:
  • Try Ancestry.com® FREE For 14 Days!Explore the world’s largest online family history resource – FREE for 14 days. There’s no risk; you’ll only be billed if you decide to keep your membership after your free trial.

  • Current Promotional OfferThe 1940 US Census is now available and fully indexed; all 137 million names!

  • The Ancestry StoreBooks, software, mobile apps, gift cards and more.

  • MyCanvas™ Photo BooksFamily history books, family tree posters, photo books, calendars, collage posters plus demos, tutorials and webinars to help you get started right.


    • Ancestry.com®The world’s largest online family history resource. With 7 billion genealogical records from around the planet and millions of family trees, we are the world’s largest online resource for researching your ancestors and family history.

    • African American Family HistoryBrowse the world’s largest online collection of African American family history records now. You could find ancestors who served their country in wartime, learn about their homes, their careers, search slave narratives, U.S. Colored Troops records, Freedman’s Bank records and every other African American record collection on Ancestry.com at once.

    • AncestryDNA™Uses some of the latest DNA technology to make it easier than ever to discover your genetic ethnicity and maybe even find a few cousins you didn’t know about along the way.

    • Birth, Marriage and Death RecordsBirth, marriage and death records are collectively known as vital records and can often provide details about important milestones in your ancestors’ lives. They can include information like the event date and location, parents’ names, occupation and residence. The cause of death is also included in most death records. Vital records are the cornerstone of genealogy research because they are, generally speaking, very accurate. This category includes recourses for you to request copies from vital records keepers, and in some cases, even images of the actual records themselves.

    • Census and Voter ListsFor hundreds of years it has been common practice in many countries to take periodic censuses to keep track of various aspects of the population. When available, these records often include helpful details about your ancestors and their families and allow you to pinpoint their location and status at a particular point in time. While the questions that were asked during a given census vary from place to place and year to year, you can usually find information like names of other household members and dependants along with their ages, birthplaces, residence, occupation, immigration and citizenship details, marriage information, military service and more. Voter registration lists are also included in this collection.

    • Family Tree Maker for Mac 2Imagine one version of your family tree that you can update from anywhere. New Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 with TreeSync allows you to easily update your tree online from your desktop, your laptop, even your iPhone or iPad — and then simply click to sync so your tree is always up to date, no matter where you or your loved ones access it next.

    • Family Tree Maker for WindowsSame as above, only for Windows operating system.

    • Historic Newspaper CollectionReview history as it happened in more than 16 million pages from more than 1,000 different newspapers throughout the US, UK and Canada dating back to the 1700’s. Your newspaper subscription also includes access to the new Obituary Collection that contains more than 9 million obituaries.

    • Jewish Family History CollectionAncestry.com® partnered with JewishGen®, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the American Jewish Historical Society and The Miriam Weiner Routes to Roots Foundation, Inc. to create the world’s largest online collection of Jewish historical records.

    • Military CollectionThroughout history, millions of courageous men and women have served and protected their country in times of war and conflict. Find out if your ancestors were among them. This collection includes millions of military records spanning from before the Revolutionary War all the way up to Vietnam.

    • Obituary CollectionThis database is a compilation of obituaries published in U.S. newspapers, collected from various online sources. Obituaries vary greatly in the amount of information they provide, but many of them can be genealogical goldmines because they frequently include such information as names of spouses, siblings, parents and children plus important dates, places of birth, residence and death, marriage and divorce information, family relationships, military service and major life achievements.

    • RootsWebInternet’s oldest, largest genealogical community. An award winning genealogical resource with searchable databases, mailing lists, message boards, free web space and more.

    • Social Security Death IndexThe Social Security Administration Death Master File contains information on millions of deceased individuals with United States social security numbers whose deaths were reported to the Social Security Administration.

    • US Federal Census CollectionThe United States has taken a census of its population every ten years since 1790. Due to a 72-year privacy restriction, the most recent census available for the US is the 1940 census. While the questions asked by US census takers have varied from year to year and from state to state, information like names of other household members, ages, birthplaces, residence, occupation, immigration and citizenship details, marriage information, military service is common. The 1890 census was largely destroyed in a fire, but Ancestry.com has® compiled a “substitute” with various other records to help bridge the gap.

    • US Immigration CollectionImmigrants to the US left everything they knew — sometimes even everyone they loved — to start a new life in a country called America. The immigration story is epic, filled with triumph and tragedy, love and adversity, promise and loss. And through it all, it’s your story too. This vast collection of immigration resources helps you paint a rich portrait of the people who came here and the lives they created.

    • US Indian Census Rolls 1885 to 1940This is a tremendous collection for researching Indian heritage for hundreds of different tribes.